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Important Questions to ask your psychiatrist

Important Questions to ask your psychiatrist



Psychiatrists deal with more severe cases when compared to psychologists. They deal with patients for whom psychotherapy is currently not enough.

In some cases the patient needs a caregiver, as they are not able to take care of themselves. In these conditions when the problem is very severe gathering information, as much as possible, is helpful.

Here are a few questions the patient or the caregivers (family/relatives) should ask a psychiatrist to ensure effective treatment:

  1. What improvements can be expected and when? – The medications at times may not show a big improvement. If the patient and the family expect a lot but see little improvement, they may start losing hope. Knowing about what can be expected and when, can structure their expectations accordingly.
  2. What happens if the medications are discontinued abruptly? – Knowing about the possible effects of discontinuing the medication will eventually motivate the patient and the family to make sure its continued and be prepared if it happens.
  3. What are the side effects of the medication? – Knowing the side effects of the medication will help the patient report about it when it happens, so that the psychiatrist can take appropriate steps to help the patient.
  4. Will the symptoms completely erase? – This will help the patient and the family understand what to expect with the medication. And how to deal with it better.
  5. Is it possible to get addicted to the medication? – Being on medication for a long time may result in dependency. In these cases the psychiatrist can help provide tips to prevent an addictive pattern of taking medications.

Asking the right question to your psychiatrist will not only make the treatment process clear but will also help you establish the rapport and comfort with your psychiatrist.

Other than the questions mentioned above the patient and the family can ask the psychiatrist more information on the disorder and the possible conditions in the future regarding it.

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